Here are some brief summaries of trending stories around NYC.
The Department of Transportation has announced that the 2,000 speed cameras spread throughout the five boroughs will begin running 24/7/365 on Monday, August 1. The cameras have previously only operated on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez made the announcement at a Wednesday press conference.
Commissioner Rodriguez joined @NYCMayor and @NYPDTransport to announce that today is a citywide multi-agency “Day of Awareness” to promote the expansion of the speed camera program to 24/7/365. Speed Cameras will be on and issuing violations 24/7 starting next Monday, 8/1. pic.twitter.com/hQodwPfM1d
— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 27, 2022
The New York Post reports that NYC’s Department of Sanitation is planning to require that moving forward, garbage bags (which aren’t in a container) be put out no earlier than 8 p.m. Currently, 4 p.m. is the earliest loose garbage bags can be put out on the sidewalk. “New Yorkers put millions of pounds of trash and recycling on the street starting at 4 PM – right as the evening rush is getting underway – and then it stays out, serving as a nightclub for rats and other pests, until it’s collected. Well soon, we’re going to try to shut the club down,” DSNY spokesman Joshua Goodman told The Post.
NYC Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan has written a letter to WHO to request the organization rename the “monkeypox virus.” Vasan wrote [in part], “NYC joins many public health experts and community leaders who have expressed their serious concern about continuing to exclusively use the term ‘monkeypox’ given the stigma it may engender, and the painful and racist history within which terminology like this is rooted for communities of color.” As of July 27, 1,148 people in New York City have tested positive for orthopoxvirus/monkeypox.
We’re calling on @WHO to act immediately to rename the “monkeypox” virus. We have a growing concern for the potentially stigmatizing effects that the messaging around the “monkeypox” virus can have on vulnerable communities. Read our letter: https://t.co/hC6L8o60TH pic.twitter.com/G8CQ9ueaMJ
— Commissioner Ashwin Vasan, MD, PhD (@NYCHealthCommr) July 26, 2022
An article by AP News states that “bodega owners are faced with no choice but to raise the prices of their famously low-priced breakfast sandwiches,” but the article really only references one Bronx deli owner who’s had to jack up his bacon, egg and cheese from $2.50 to $4.50. Have you noticed a recent increase in the price of your go-to egg sandwich? Let us know in the comments below.
A very inappropriate impromptu dance and “pool” party recently broke out on an L train, and Twitter user @_mikefromqueens was there to document the madness: women (almost) wearing bathing suits while twerking on the laps of unsuspecting straphangers, taking turns on a makeshift Slip ‘N Slide, and sharing shots of booze with those onlookers who actually approved of what was happening.